United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken

US will pay $200m to WHO by end of February ─Secretary of State

*I’m pleased to confirm that by the end of the month, the United States intends to pay over $200 million in assessed and current obligations to the WHO, says Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In a way to significantly reverse the hard-hitting posturing of the former President Donald Trump administration’s relationship with the global health institution when it cut funding it 2020, United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the UN Security Council meeting Wednesday, February 17 announced that the US would shell out $200 million to the World Health Organisation (WHO) by the end of February 2021.

It was learnt the Joe Biden administration now seeks to reengage with the controversial organisation after the Trump administration moved to withdraw, Fox News report said.

Blinken said: “Today, I’m pleased to confirm that by the end of the month, the United States intends to pay over $200 million in assessed and current obligations to the WHO.”

WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland

The remarks came as part of a Security Council meeting on the global response to Coronavirus.

The US Secretary of State stated: “This is a key step forward in fulfilling our financial obligations as a WHO member, and it reflects our renewed commitment to ensuring the WHO has the support it needs to lead the global response to the pandemic, even as we work to reform it in the future.”

Recall the Trump administration had halted funding and moved to withdraw from the organisation last year over its handling of the Coronavirus outbreak and its alleged pro-China bias.

But, the pulling of funding was said to be significant, as the country accounted for about a quarter of the annual fees the WHO assesses to all its 194 members.

However, Biden reversed the Trump administration’s policy on his first day in office January 20, 2020.

The US intends to remain a member of the global body, according to President Biden.

Biden in a letter to Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of UN, said: “The WHO plays a crucial role in the world’s fight against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic as well as countless other threats to global health and health security.

“The United States will continue to be a full participant and global leader in confronting such threats and advancing global health and health security.”

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